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  1. In good condition with caps and box (not pictured). Looking for £45, delivery included. Bank transfer preferred.
  2. I think it is important to consider your personal circumstances. Do you have a garden? How much free time do you have? How much energy do you generally have after a long day's work? Do you drive and will you regularly be traveling to dark sky sites (assuming there is some light pollution where you live)? They say the best telescope is one that you use most often, or words to that effect. So it is perhaps best to consider this and your personal circumstances when making a decision. A big EQ6 mount and say a Celestron C11 can seem like a great idea, but if you have to haul this setup out the house into the garden/into a car and set it up after a long day's work, it can quickly become tiring and discourage you from observing. If you have some means of permanently mounting that example I used, then it might be a different story. I personally do not have a garden, so I do a lot of "guerilla" observing in front of the flat and travel to star parties and darker skies in Norfolk. Given these facts, a light 2kg 80mm refractor with a retractable dew shield (important for fitting the scope in the backpack) on a 1kg mount and 3kg photo tripod is the right setup for me. I can fit my scope, eyepieces and mount in a relatively compact, light, padded spotting scope backpack and carry the tripod in a tripod bag. I could simplify even further by attaching the tripod to the backpack, but I don't like to advertise the fact that I am carrying expensive optical equipment when I am traveling through the middle of London. I'm not saying this is the setup you should opt for, but for me personally at this moment in time, this is the right setup for me. If I had a garden, I would definitely invest in an eight inch dobsonian or some kind of EAA/video astronomy setup, but I would still keep the lighter setup for traveling on foot/wide field views.
  3. Good luck, helium. Please let us know how you get on with the new equipment.
  4. As far as I know, a go-to altaz mount is fine because you do exposures under 30 seconds.
  5. You could use something like this with a monitor: https://www.modernastronomy.com/shop/cameras/astro-video/revolution-imager/revolution-imager-r2/ Or the Lodestar X2 with Starlight Live software. There's other options out there too, which I cannot remember off the top of my head. I would go down this route myself if it weren't for the fact that I do most of my observing in a tiny front garden in a "tough" East London area (live in a first floor flat). I have an 80mm frac on a lightweight altaz mount/photo tripod combo. If I see trouble approaching I can quickly and easily get back inside with the kit, which wouldn't be so easy with a camera and monitor/laptop. Not ideal situation, but hey ho.
  6. How about looking into EAA/video astronomy? It's one relatively cheap way of beating light pollution and virtually doubling or tripling the aperture of your scope.
  7. Hi Roy, yes I did buy the tripod off you! ? It's served me well, but I'm scaling down to a refractor with a lightweight Altair mount/photographic tripod.
  8. Due to an upcoming wedding, I’ve decided to scale down my gear, so I’m having a clear out. Have withdrawn some items. Celestron 6” SCT - £230 collected Selling for a low price because the scope is in need of collimation and the front corrector plate, which hasn’t been touched, needs a clean. Comes with 6x30 finder which is missing caps. Dovetail has the usual signs of wear. Otherwise, OTA and optics are fine. Will throw in a dew shield too. Collection only from East London. Wooden tripod and Bag - £30 collected Old wooden tripod, probably from a Prinz refractor. Solid and extends to a very decent height (I’m 6’2 and this will extend beyond eye height). Comes with fishing rod bag which is perfect for carrying the tripod plus a mount. Has signs of wear and tear which are consummate with its age, but still solid and perfectly functional. Skywatcher ST80 - £45 collected In good condition. Some glue on the dew shield which I cannot remove. Revelation 3 Element 2.5x Barlow - £18 posted In good condition with clean optics.
  9. Is the finder shoe for a Celestron SCT? If so, would you be willing to sell it separately?
  10. Selling my 25mm Televue Plossl. In very good condition with original end caps and box. Will post picture later on tonight. Asking for £60 including delivery. Payment by Paypal friends and family preferred. Add fees otherwise.
  11. (Case and 15 and 20mm eyepieces not included) Please PM for more photos if required. Revelation 1.25" 2.5x 3 element barlow. Was £17, now £15 inc. postage. In good condition with end caps Erecting Prism - generic (possibly Celestron?). £7 inc postage. In good condition, but w/o end caps Payment via Paypal. If not paying using family and friend's option, please add fees . Also on ABS. Thanks for looking!
  12. Hi, is this still available? If so, I will take it off your hands. Thank you.
  13. A good idea might be to use a 10mm or 12mm eyepiece with a 2x barlow. That will give you more flexibility (like having two eyepieces) and greater eye relief.
  14. There's a handy page on the Televue site with information about field stops for individual eyepieces: http://www.televue.com/mobile/TV5_page.asp?id=214
  15. I had a 2" diagonal for my C6 and quickly realised it wasn't worth it if you're trying to get a wider field of view as you have to match the field stop to the rather narrow baffle tube diameter. They say the widest field of view you can get from this scope is a 24mm Panoptic.
  16. Starpaw

    SX M7

    I was just wondering if this rather old camera could be successfully used for EAA? Apparently, it has the same chip as the Lodestar so presumably it can. Would be interesting to hear if anyone has had results
  17. Thank you for the suggestions. The weather is looking a bit iffy next week. Hopefully there will be some gaps in the clouds.
  18. I bought the current version, which I picked up today from the delivery office. First impressions are that it's quite large, at least compared to the orthos and plossls that I'm used to, but, worryingly, it's also quite light given it's size. The zoom mechanism is smooth and it's handy that you can crank up the power in 1mm increments. It's not parfocal and I couldn't detect aberrations when tested indoors, though I'm sure some will be revealed when tested on the night sky. Hopefully it will turn out to be a winner.
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